13 December 2018

5G future glimpsed by John Lyon pupils at King’s College Professor talk

One of the world’s foremost experts in wireless communications has revealed the future power and application of 5G technology at a John Lyon Excellence Programme talk.

Professor Mischa Dohler FREng, FIEEE, FRSA, FIET, Professor of Wireless Communications at King’s College, London, came to School on Thursday 13th December to talk about the work of his department in developing Fifth Generation mobile technology, or 5G.

To a packed Boyd Campbell Hall, Professor Dohler hailed the future successor to our current 4G mobile technology as a passport to real-time communications, a ‘tactile internet’ going in both directions without any compression or delay, meaning the birth of a new ‘internet of skills’.

With practical applications in autonomous vehicles, drones and the medical world, 5G capabilities could see surgeons performing real-time operations on people in another country, or drones assisting in disaster zones being operated from anywhere in the world. It would, he said, even benefit online gaming – a fact warmly welcomed by boys.

Following the talk a busy Q&A session saw pupils quiz Professor Dohler on the downsides to 5G, including security and reliability, asking for further examples of real-life uses as well as suggesting to him some of their own ideas.

Before the talk pupils from all years took part in a balloon car race, showing off vehicles they had been designing and engineering throughout Autumn Term.

And as you can see, the event coincided with Christmas Jumper Day!

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